Patrick Peterson surprises Cardinals by attending OTAs despite suspension Palmer, 39, was selected out of USC by the Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy and remained in Cincinnati until he was traded to Oakland in 2011.He was then dealt once again to Arizona in 2013, where he spent his final five NFL seasons as he posted a 38-21-1 record and set a single-season franchise record with 13 wins in 2015. Palmer capped that season with a trip to the NFC championship, though the Cardinals fell to the Panthers. Related News “My family and I are beyond grateful for everything this game has given us as well as the love and support we’ve felt from fans everywhere we’ve been,” Palmer wrote at the time of his announcement.“That’s been especially true in Arizona, where we never expected to end up but has become such a special place for us. Starting with Michael Bidwill and continuing through the organization, the Cardinals are first class and do things the right way from top to bottom.”Palmer finished his career with 46,247 total passing yards, 294 touchdown passes and an 87.9 passer rating. Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster attends prom with fan who got dumped He holds the Cardinals’ single-season records for passing yards (4,671), touchdowns (35) and passer rating (104.6), all of which were set during the 2015 campaign. Retired quarterback Carson Palmer has been elected to the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor, the team announced Tuesday.Palmer, who announced his retirement from the NFL in January 2018, will be honored during a halftime ceremony Sept. 29 against the NFC West foe Seahawks.
– PSG obliterate goals record –Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev recorded a first clean sheet in the group stage since 2006 — ending a staggering run of 43 matches conceding a goal — as CSKA condemned Benfica to a fifth straight loss in Group A.Georgi Schennikov’s cool finish steered CSKA into a 13th-minute lead in Moscow before the hosts grabbed a second through an own goal from Brazilian defender Jardel.Paris Saint-Germain dismantled Celtic 7-1 as the French giants registered their biggest win in the competition, despite falling behind when Moussa Dembele scored inside the first minute at the Parc des Princes.And there’s still one more game to go ?#PSGCEL ?? pic.twitter.com/523FFbEgTE— PSG English (@PSG_English) November 22, 2017 Willian scored twice and won a pair of penalties as Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to guarantee Antonio Conte’s side a top-two finish in Group C.First-half goals from Eden Hazard and Willian put Chelsea in control, with Cesc Fabregas adding a third before Willian netted again to cap the rout and knock Qarabag out of the competition.“We did everything well. We should have scored more. It is easy to play with these good players,” Hazard said.Atletico Madrid, runners-up twice in the past four years, retained an outside chance of pipping Roma to a place in the knockout stage as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-match goal drought in a 2-0 win in Spain.The French striker broke the deadlock with a spectacular acrobatic effort on 69 minutes, before compatriot Kevin Gameiro added a late second to seal a first win of the campaign for Atletico.However, they must beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their final game and hope Roma drop points at home to Qarabag to avoid parachuting into the Europa League.United, who hit the woodwork twice in the first half through Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo, looked on course to secure the point required to punch their ticket to the last 16 in Switzerland before Michael Lang popped up with an 89th-minute winner.“It’s like a dream. Right now I can’t believe we won against such a strong team,” Swiss international Lang told RTS. Victoire 7-1 contre le Celtic ?? pic.twitter.com/AN3QTf6rPa— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) November 22, 2017A brace from Neymar soon turned the game around, before Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe added goals of their own before the interval.Marco Verratti made it five with quarter of an hour left, before Cavani got his second and a sensational Dani Alves hit wrapped up a record-breaking night as PSG shattered the previous mark of 21 group-stage goals set last year by Borussia Dortmund.Unai Emery’s team have now scored 24 times in five matches and conceded just once, although they must avoid a heavy reverse at Bayern Munich next month to ensure they finish top of Group B.Robert Lewandowski and Corentin Tolisso scored in Brussels as Bayern overcame Anderlecht 2-1 to retain their 100 percent record since 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes returned for a fourth spell at the club.Two goals from Dutch striker Bas Dost propelled Sporting to a 3-1 victory over Olympiakos, but the Portuguese outfit must beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou in their final fixture to have a chance of overhauling Juventus for a last-16 berth.Share on: WhatsApp “We always thought we could win this match and in the end it was a victory like I had never seen before.” Mourinho blamed United’s inability to convert their first-half dominance into goals after watching his side lose their perfect record in the group.“We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant,” Mourinho said.The result left United on 12 points, three ahead of both Basel and CSKA Moscow, and still almost certain of advancing, barring a huge defeat against the Russians at Old Trafford on December 5. Hazard and Willian celebrate, Chelsea thrashed 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to guarantee Antonio Conte’s side a top-two finish in Group CParis, France | AFP | Barcelona and Chelsea progressed to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, but Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United must wait to seal their spot after a last-gasp 1-0 defeat in Basel.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rested Argentina star Lionel Messi in Turin, later introducing him as a second-half substitute as a 0-0 draw against Juventus sent the five-time European champions through as winners of Group D.
Melbourne, Australia | AFP | Rafael Nadal revealed Saturday he was back to full fitness and has a brand new serve to unleash at the Australian Open.The world number two limped away from Melbourne Park a year ago, forced to retire in pain from his quarter-final with Marin Cilic.The 17-time Grand Slam champion missed most of the next three months and cut short his season to have surgery on a troublesome foot injury.He pulled out of a Brisbane warm-up event with a slight thigh strain but declared Saturday his troubles were behind him.“I feel good. If I am not feeling good, I will not be here,” Nadal told reporters two days before the start of the first Grand Slam of the year.“I have good feelings in terms of the surgery. After surgery, after months without competing, having trouble practising, of course there are always issues when you come back.“But it’s nothing new for me,” added Nadal who admits he has to manage the workload on his creaking 32-year-old body, battered by years of his all-action style.To better cope, he has remodelled his serve to help extend his career.“There are always things to improve,” said the Spaniard, who faces Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the first round. “The serve was always a thing that I tried to improve, and I think I did.“I am happy with the motivation to do something new. If I am able to make that happen in a good way, that hopefully it will give me the chance to help me on my game longer term.“I didn’t compete with this new serve, so let’s see how it works. I am confident it’s going to work well.”His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors.Nadal said he was sad to hear another member of tennis fabled ‘big four’, Andy Murray, was to quit tennis this year, possibly as early as next week, with chronic hip pain.Nadal said he could relate to it having had his own succession of injury issues over the years, but he had always been focused on getting back on court if at all possible.“My only goal is always to have been to keep going,” he said. “That’s the only way that you can keep having confidence and hope for a good comeback in terms of health.“But I know that tennis is not forever. I want to do it as long as I can and give myself the best possibilities to fight for the things really I am passionate about, and to keep doing the things that I really enjoy doing.“When the day arrives I cannot do it will be the day to go and do another thing.”Share on: WhatsApp
John Cioffoletti with Justin Condoluci, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia.WHILE SOME WHO saw the New Year in last weekend were nursing aching heads on New Year’s Day, John Cioffoletti was nursing an aching foot.All in all, however, it was a small price to pay for having achieved the goal he set for himself last September, when he vowed to run an ultra-marathon on New Year’s Eve to raise money for the family of a young friend who is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.Cioffoletti, who is CIO of Royal Sovereign Bullion Group in Sea Bright, vowed to run the Peanut Island 24 in Palm Beach County, Fl., setting the personal goal of completing 60 miles in 24 hours.In the end, he exceeded that goal, running a total of 82 miles and raising $11,000, all of which will go to the family of Justin Condoluci, 12, to help with expenses related to his treatment.Diagnosed at the age of 8, Justin underwent more than three years of treatment before doctors determined that his Leukemia was in remission.But near Christmas of 2010, Justin experienced a relapse. He has been undergoing additional treatment since Christmas Day, 2010 and is presently having more chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia..Approximately 55 people entered the Peanut Island 24, but far fewer were able to finish. “Not many people made it as far as I did, “said Cioffoletti, adding that his foot began to bother him at mile 55, but he continued on, reminding himself that the battle Justin faces every day is a much more formidable challenge.When the idea began to enter his head that he should stop running, Cioffoletti said, he reminded himself that “Someone like Justin doesn’t have that option. The miles between mile 55 and mile 82 were the hardest. “That’s when I had to really dig deep. It was the thought of Justin (that kept him going).”He is grateful that so many people donated to his effort, Cioffoletti said, adding that approximately $700 in donations came in immediately after the first story on his run appeared in The Two River Times in December.While he had hoped to raise $25,000, he succeeded in raising $11,000 and that will definitely be of help to the family.. “People think, oh, you have health insurance,” Amy Condoluci said in an interview with The Two River Times last month. “Well, we do, but the deductible is $10,000 per year, and this has been going on for five years.”Commuting costs between Philadelphia and their home in Brielle have also mounted. “It’s definitely added up,” said Amy.Donations are still being accepted for Running for Justin may be made via the web at www.runningforjustin.org or through http://www.everibbon.com. And more information is available on the RunforJustin Facebook page, Cioffoletti said. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Condoluci family.
The pool at Surfrider Beach Club in Sea Bright was peppered with purple swim caps bobbing up and down in the water as children on the club’s swim team and the opposing team from Chapel Beach Club honored Molly Richards.The 3-year-old girl from Fair Haven lost her two-year battle against a terminal brain tumor on July 6.Molly was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. Though the tumor was inoperable, her parents flew her to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for experimental procedures in hopes of finding a cure – or at least prolonging the cancer’s progression.Back in town, Molly was known as “Miracle Molly” because of her courage and joy despite her youth and condition. Molly’s support group and inspiration extended to Surfrider Beach Club, where her family has a membership.“Instead of just swimming to win, it’s more just swim for Molly – and put it all on the line for Molly,” said 15-year-old Surfrider swimmer Peter Warshaw.Colleen Doogan, a friend of the Richards’ and fellow beach club member, originally planned to sell $10 swim caps with the logo “Peace, Love and Miracles” printed in purple, Molly’s favorite color, to help raise money for her fight against cancer.But Molly passed away before the swim caps came in, so Doogan turned the fundraiser into a memorial for Molly and her family.“(Molly’s death) put a little bit of a different spin on things, and now it is in memory of her,” Doogan said.The fundraiser and memorial was a bigger success than Doogan ever expected after Surfrider’s cross-town rival Chapel Beach Club bought 40 of the swim caps to wear at Tuesday’s meet between the two teams.Molly Ann Richards, 3, of Fair Haven died on July 6. Her favorite song was “Roar” by Katy Perry. ￼￼￼“It shows that we’re really part of a league, instead it’s not like everyone’s separate teams,” Chapel coach Emily Velcamp said. “Yes we’re swimming against each other, but we’re also both swimming for the same cause.”In Molly’s obituary, her parents said how much of an impact she had on the Fair Haven and Surfrider communities:“Molly, although not here with us long, touched the hearts of many. She never once complained or cried during her dance. Let her life be a true example of courage, strength and fortitude until the last breath. We will LOVE you forever, Daddy and Mommy.”Molly is survived by her parents and her older sister Emily, who swam in the meet Tuesday.In an online condolence message board, family and friends celebrated her life, admiring her angelic smile and genuine happiness. They said they have learned considerable lessons from their 3-year-old role model whose favorite song was Katy Perry’s “Roar.”The profits from the swim cap fundraiser will be donated to the Richards to compensate for medical bills and other expenses.– By Dan Russo. Photos by Jaclyn Shugard
There are further water disruptions to the town of Falcarragh and Gortahork again this morning.Another burst water pipe in the ailing system means that businesses and householders will be without water until at least this afternoon.The entire water system locally is due to be upgraded by Irish Water in September. However, retailers and locals now face a summer of water disruptions because of the ageing pipe network.Earlier this month, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig, speaking to Donegal Daily, called for a clear plan to be laid out for the local council.“This approach – a little here and a little there – is no good. We know the extent of the amount of work that needs to be done. Irish Water should make the public in the Glenties Electoral Area aware of the next 10-year plan. We need to know what needs to be done, how much it’s going to cost and when it’s going to be done,” he said.Further disruption as water off again in Falcarragh and Gortahork was last modified: July 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Darwin’s Great Mystery, Photosynthesis, Is Still a Mysteryby Jerry Bergman, PhDThe origin of photosynthesis has always been a profound problem for evolution. A 2019 study by one of the leading researchers in this area, Tanai Cardona, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London, has confirmed the fact that after decades of research we are no closer today to answering the origin of photosynthesis than we were before. This is true afteran incessant stream of speculative ideas and debates on the evolution of photosynthesis that started in the first half of the twentieth century and shows no signs of abating. Some of these speculative ideas have become commonplace, are taken as fact, but find little support.This is the same conclusion made over 70 years ago by a 1957 study of the evolution of photosynthesis. It concluded that we had, at that time, nothing more than some theories, all of which were very problematic and little more than speculative just-so-stories. The origin of photosynthesis is so critical that Leslie called it “the last of the great inventions of microbial metabolism” that changed “the planetary environment forever.”This “invention” by bacteria was so stunningly complex that the best and brightest scientists are still trying to understand its biochemical details. The problem for evolution is that life either uses the enormously complex photosynthesis system, or a very different system, to manufacture food and produce usable forms of energy. No viable transitional forms have been found, so imagination must take over, producing the just-so-stories discussed in the next sections.What Photosynthesis DoesPhotosynthesis is the process by which plants use sunlight to manufacture carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. The term photosynthesis means to synthesize using light energy. Light consists of energetic photons. With enzymes in the plant cells, the energy in sunlight splits water molecules (photolysis), breaking water apart to produce oxygen, hydrogen, and electrons. The oxygen diffuses out of the plant as a waste product which animals in turn breathe in order to sustain animal life. The hydrogen, along with the electrons energized by light, converts a compound called NADP into NADPH by adding a hydrogen. That energized molecule is later used, through a series of molecular machines, to provide the energy to add inorganic phosphate to Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) to produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). This is the light-dependent reaction.The ATP, NADPH and other chemicals are used in a chain of reactions called the Calvin Cycle to build a form of sugar called glucose. Glucose consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in the following common ratio: C6H12O6. All of this takes place in a stack of systems called grana inside of the thylakoids located in specially designed organelles called chloroplasts. Located in plant leaf cells, chloroplasts contain chlorophyll, the molecule that gives plants their green color. Besides chlorophyll pigment, photosynthesis requires close to 100 other proteins. Professor Cardona adds that, after 200 years researching the origin of photosynthesis problem, it is stilltoo soon to claim that we understand how photosynthesis originated, let alone to claim that we understand the photochemistry of the earliest reaction centers to ascertain that the origin of anoxygenic photosynthesis pre-dates the origin of oxygenic photosynthesis.Chlorophyll: A Very Special MoleculeChlorophyll organelles are themselves very complex, well-designed systems, containing a lipid-soluble 59 atom hydrocarbon tail (C20H39) and a flat hydrophilic head with a magnesium ion at its center, plus a side group which depends on the type of chlorophyll. All plants that use chlorophyll are some shade of green, thus called green plants. They use energy in sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into sugars that the cell can use for building blocks and energy. In addition to plants, many kinds of algae, protists and bacteria use photosynthesis to manufacture food and produce usable forms of energy. Photosynthesis is for these reasons very critical for life on Earth. All green plants either directly or indirectly depend on it.The only exception are certain organisms, called chemoautotrophs, that obtain their energy directly from chemical reactions using sulfur, iron or other minerals. In the life pyramid—as in the pyramids built by the Egyptians—the largest area is the base. Similarly, the base of the life pyramid (the largest part) consists of green plants. All life forms in the upper levels of the life pyramid depend on the base. This includes the primary consumers of plants (mice and other small animals and herbivores) and small carnivores such as raccoons, and the highest level, the large carnivores, the wolves and tigers.Irreducible Complexity vs. Rife SpeculationThe problem has always been, how did photosynthesis evolve? Since many kinds of algae and protists and bacteria rely on plants to produce food directly or indirectly, and plants themselves use it to build their own food, all life depends on photosynthesis. There are only few exceptions, like extremophiles at the ocean floor. All herbivores and most omnivores depend on photosynthesis. Even all carnivores ultimately depend on the herbivores that they consume, which eat plants. How photosynthesis could have evolved is acknowledged as a complete mystery. What is not a mystery, as Gaidos writes under the heading “Intelligent Design,” is thatPhotosynthetic organisms are designed for efficiency. The light absorbing chlorophyll molecules found in leaves, for example, aren’t just arbitrarily scattered throughout the cell, but are tightly packed into tiny organelles, crammed into spaces where they touch each other frequently. So when excited by a photon, the chlorophylls no longer act as individuals, but band together to create a system that works in concert.Intelligent design is not just intuitive, it is testable.Ignoring the problem of “Intelligent Design” that Gaidos observed, evolutionists attempt to explain its origin with sheer guesswork. In the following paper, written by an evolutionist, bold italics have been added to the terms that illustrate the speculative nature of all theories of photosynthesis evolution:The earliest reductant for photosynthesis may have been H2. The carbon isotope composition measured in graphite from the 3.8-Ga Isua Supercrustal Belt in Greenland is attributed to H2-driven photosynthesis, rather than to oxygenic photosynthesis as there would have been no evolutionary pressure for oxygenic photosynthesis in the presence of H2. Anoxygenic photosynthesis may also be responsible for the filamentous mats found in the 3.4-Ga Buck Reef Chert in South Africa. Another early reductant was probably H2S. Eventually the supply of H2 in the atmosphere was likely to have been attenuated by the production of CH4 by methanogens, and the supply of H2S was likely to have been restricted to special environments near volcanos.Cardona responded to the rife speculation of the photosynthesis origins problem by warning thatFor the field to move forward unhindered, more critical, cautious, yet open thought is required. The temptation to speculate will always be too sweet to resist; nonetheless, we should strive to keep the lines between assumptions, hypotheses, predictions.”In 2019 Cardona added,Sam Granick opened his seminal 1957 paper titled ‘Speculations on the origins and evolution of photosynthesis’ with the assertion that there is a constant urge in human beings to seek beginnings (I concur). … Here, I review and scrutinize three widely accepted ideas that underpin the current study of the evolution of photosynthesis.He then proceeded todemonstrate that these three ideas are often grounded in incorrect assumptions built on more assumptions with no experimental or observational support. I hope that this brief review will not only serve as a cautionary tale but also that it will open new avenues of research aimed at disentangling the complex evolution of photosynthesis and its impact on the early history of life and the planet.The Great Oxidation Event: Another Just-so-StoryPhotosynthesis requires oxygen to function. Thus, oxygen must exist on the earth before photosynthesis can function.[When] oxygenic photosynthesis originated also remains controversial. Wide uncertainties exist for the earliest detection of biogenic oxygen in the geochemical record, or the origin of water oxidation in ancestral lineages of the phylum Cyanobacteria.”The early Earth is believed by scientists to have had very little oxygen or even none at all. They know that oxygen would have been very detrimental to life’s building blocks at the origin of life. If we go back far enough to the evolutionists’ scenario of the Earth’s formation, when it was still cooling from the hot mass evolutionists imagine, how long did it take for microbes to “invent” this highly complex yet vital process?Professor Cardona adds that “When and how oxygenic photosynthesis originated remains a highly debated subject with dates ranging from 3.8 billion years (Ga) to shortly before 2.4 Ga, the onset of the Great Oxidation Event (GOE)” (sometimes termed the “Great Oxygenation Event”). The degree of error in the estimate—3.8 to 2.4 billion years (a span of 1.4 billion years)— is a very, very long time! It illustrates the level of speculation involved in their guesstimates. Cardona bases his speculation that the Great Oxidation Event occurred 3.4 billion years ago byusing sequence comparisons and Bayesian relaxed molecular clocks that this … event may have occurred in the early Archean more than 3.4 billion years ago, long before the most recent common ancestor of crown group Cyanobacteria and the Great Oxidation Event.He then speculates,If the origin of water oxidation predated this gene duplication event, then that would place primordial forms of oxygenic photosynthesis at a very early stage in the evolutionary history of life.”That’s a lot of irreducible complexity for Darwinians to “invent” quickly in their scenario! Eleven years ago, R. Buick noted, “The atmosphere has apparently been oxygenated since the ‘Great Oxidation Event’ ca 2.4 Ga ago, but when the photosynthetic oxygen production began is debatable,” nonetheless speculation abounds.When all is said and done,The origin of photosynthesis using tetrapyrrole compounds (such as chlorophylls) has long been one of the most complex and challenging issues in biology. Many schools of thought have emerged, each with its own assumptions and [each] with evidence supporting a particular origin of photosynthesis.”And, one could add, each is based on a hefty dose of guesswork and just-so-storytelling.Is the “Great Oxidation Event” a myth? See:Boastful Origin-of-Life Claims Conceal Contradictions (14 Nov 2017)Science Referencing Perpetuates Myths (16 March 2017)Evolution Conspiracy: Oxygen Photosynthesis Began Earlier Than Thought (29 Sept 2013)Geophysical King Dethroned? (17 April 2009)Oxygen YoYos and Wings (18 Oct 2006)References Cardona, Tania. 2019. Thinking twice about the evolution of photosynthesis. Open Biology. https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsob.180246. Granick S. 1957. Speculations on the origins and evolution of photosynthesis. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 69, 292 – 308 Laslie, Mitch. 2009. On the Origin of Photosynthesis. Science. 323:1286-1287. March 6, p. 1296. Leslie, 2009. Cardona, 2019 Weber, Lewis. 2010. Animals London: Publications International .p. 62-63. Gaidos, Susan, 2009, Living. From Green Leaves to Bird Brains. Science News. May 9 p. 28. Olson, John. 2006. “Photosynthesis in the Archean era”. Photosyn. Research. 88 (2): 109–17. p. 109. Cardona, 2019, p. 10. Cardona, 2019, p. 1. Cardona, 2019, p. 1. Cardona, Tania. 2018. Early Archean origin of heterodimeric Photosystem I. Heliyon 4 e00548 Cardona, 2018, p. 1. Cardona, 2018. Buick, R 2008. When did oxygenic photosynthesis evolve. Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B, Biol. Sci. 363 (1504): 2731–43. Xiong, Jin. 2007. Photosynthesis: What Color was its Origin? Genome Biology. 7(12):245;1-5.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 653 times, 1 visits today)
LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Badminton can be a great sport to try in summer as well as providing a range of health benefits. Image: simonkr/IStock.com via AFP RelaxnewsWith the Badminton World Championships 2017 currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, until Sunday 27 August, you might be feeling inspired to pick up a racquet and give the sport a try.Here we round up five reasons why getting out on the court can not only be fun, but also give your health a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Just remember to also wear sunscreen and seek the shade when you need it to avoid a risk of sunburn, and possibly skin cancer.5. Be more socialA badminton match with friends is a great way to socialize, which has health benefits of its own as well as making sport more fun. Spending time with friends can help to stave off loneliness, depression, reduce the risk of an early death, and help to reduce stress levels, which can also lead to further health problems. JBRELATED STORY:After loss, Aussie Olympian binges on fast food WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games 1. Burn caloriesAs the fastest racquet sport in the world, badminton can definitely work up a sweat! And although you might not be as fast as two-time Olympic champion Lin “Super” Dan, a game of badminton will still get you moving and your heart rate up. Even a moderately intense workout can help prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and stroke as well as reduce your risk of obesity and diabetes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout2. Reduce mortality riskA large-scale study published last year looking at over 80,000 British adults also found that racquet sports such as badminton, tennis and squash are some of the best for lowering risk of death, with those who enjoy a game on the court benefiting from a 47 percent reduction in their mortality risk than those who do no exercise at all. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 3. Boost eye healthA 2013 study from Russia found that playing badminton could help boost eye health. The two-year study found that many children stopped wearing glasses within just two months after taking special badminton lessons three times a week. The findings, from the National Badminton Federation of Russia, even helped put the sports on the country’s sports curriculum.The research also found that the sport could be beneficial to adults who spend too much time working in front of a computer screen, and that badminton’s effect in strengthening eye muscles showed some impressive results.4. Get some fresh airLike other racquet sports such as tennis, badminton is great to play outdoors in the summertime. Getting out into nature and soaking up some vitamin D can also bring additional health benefits, including improved mental health and a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and autism thanks to topping up vitamin D levels.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Members of the Diaspora residing in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Atlanta and New York will celebrate ‘Jamaica 55’ with a number of activities from August 5 to August 13. Members of the Diaspora residing in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Atlanta and New York will celebrate ‘Jamaica 55’ with a number of activities from August 5 to August 13.The events, organised by the Embassy of Jamaica under the leadership of Ambassador Audrey Marks, will be supported by Diaspora organisations.Activities get underway with the Jamaica Association of Maryland’s annual Independence Gala and Marcus Garvey Award ceremony at the Martin’s West banquet hall in Baltimore.The Dumbarton chapel at Howard University’s School of Law will be the venue for the annual service of thanksgiving on August 6 at 11: 00 a.m. Ambassador Audrey Marks will give the official welcome and deliver the Prime Minister’s message.A special reception hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica will follow at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters where Jamaica’s songbird, Karen Smith, will be the featured performer.On August 13, a service of thanksgiving will be held at the Baltimore Central New Testament Church of God at 5:00 p.m. to mark the 55th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Stanley Murray.In the Tri-State area, Jamaicans in New York will celebrate Independence at a thanksgiving church service and flag-raising ceremony at the Riverside Church on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Prime Minister’s message will be read by Consul General in New York, Trudy Deans, while the Rev. Canon Dr. Audley Donaldson will deliver the sermon.Independence activities in New York will come to a close with a grand Independence Gala on August 26 at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.Over in Atlanta, the Jamaican community will attend a thanksgiving and ecumenical church service at the Unity Atlanta church on August 6, starting at 5:00 p.m.Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Jewel Scott will deliver the Prime Minister’s message. The Rev. Horace Ward, pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in Miami Gardens, will deliver the sermon.On August 10, a cultural concert hosted by the Union of Jamaica Organization in Atlanta will take place at the South Dekalb High School starting at 7:00 p.m.Independence activities in Atlanta culminate on August 12, when the Atlanta Jamaica Association will stage its annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Atlanta. The Dumbarton chapel at Howard University’s School of Law will be the venue for the annual service of thanksgiving on August 6 at 11: 00 a.m. Ambassador Audrey Marks will give the official welcome and deliver the Prime Minister’s message. Story Highlights
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Athens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has signed a term loan facility with French banking group BNP Paribas for up to USD 75 million.On July 16, the company completed a drawdown of USD 75 million, secured by the vessels m/v Alcmene, m/v Seattle, m/v Electra, m/v Phaidra, m/v Astarte, m/v G. P. Zafirakis and m/v P. S. Palios.The proceeds from the loan facility together with available cash were used to voluntarily prepay in full the balance of USD 130 million of the existing credit facility with BNP Paribas which had maturity date on July 24, 2020.Diana Shipping said that the new loan facility, which has a maturity date of July 16, 2023, has resulted in the release of mortgages on 17 of the company’s vessels.The company’s fleet currently consists of 50 dry bulk vessels, including 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 22 Panamax vessels.